“Crazy tricks, crazy air time, loads of spins, almost like gymnastics with a bike.” Declan Brooks on freestyle BMX’s Olympic debut

Growing up with a dad who loved two-wheeled bikes, whether it was motorbikes, motocross or BMX.  It seemed almost inevitable that Declan Brooks would find himself representing Team GB across the globe in one of the most extreme Olympic sports. Speaking to the Sports Gazette following his podium finish at the

“I don’t believe in riding like a girl, you just ride.” European champion Charlotte Worthington aims for Olympic glory

At just 23 years old, Charlotte Worthington has already medalled at a number of freestyle BMX’s most coveted competitions. Last year, Worthington became the sport’s first-ever female European champion and in December she added a bronze at the World Championships in China to her ever-growing medal collection. “I was blown away that I managed

Energy Standard Is The First ISL Champions And Looks Ahead to 2020-2021

Energy Standard celebrating the victory of inagural ISL. Photo Credit: ISL

Energy Standard is the first champions of the International Swimming League. In the Las Vegas Grand Finale, the performances of Daiya Seto in the individual races and the win of the 4x100 freestyle relay made possible the comeback. Sarah Sjostrom and Florent Manaudou completed it with their first and second

Is the International Swimming League what the sport needs?

For a sport that boasts some of the highest participation levels around the world, swimming’s attempt to claim their part of the sporting market has been pretty abysmal. Although swimming’s two major competitions, the Olympic Games and the biannual FINA World Aquatic Championships pull in huge viewership figures, very little had

St Mary’s Shemar Boldizsar on his Olympic dreams

Shemar Boldizsar sprints to gold at the European U23 Championships. Photo courtesy of Boldizsar

Shemar Boldizsar is a 200m sprinter at St Mary’s University in Twickenham. His 2019 season was one full of personal bests that culminated in him winning the gold medal at the European U23 Championships for Great Britain in July. At just 20-years-old, Boldizsar has a bright future ahead of him in athletics.  His

“I was put on ski’s as soon as I could stand”: Laurence Willows on skiing, Olympic dream and the art of balancing academics with sports

Ski Cross made it's debut on mainstream television at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. What is ski cross? It is a race, roughly one kilometre with added air jumps up to 4 metres high and steep turns side by side. It is a freestyle discipline with more than one

A Dive Towards the Future: Chiara Pellacani dreams big for Tokyo 2020

At only 17 years old, Chiara Pellacani is already a two-time European Champion, in both springboard and platform. Yet, her career has only just begun, and she is now training to qualify for next year’s Olympics in Tokyo. When Pellacani was a child, she used to do lifesaving swimming. She took

Tainted cultures, state-sponsored doping & blurred lines: how easy is it for elite athletes to stay clean?

These days it’s hard to go more than a week without seeing exploits of a new drugs scandal within sport.  Almost five years after the revelations of state-sponsored doping in Russia came to light, the entire sporting world is still reeling from the issue, and little has been resolved. And more

Sarah Sjostrom and Chad Le Clos Lead Energy Standard to Victory

Energy Standard celebrates the victory of the European derby in London. Photo Credit: International Swimming League

Turkey-based Energy Standard booked their place in the International Swimming League final by winning the European derby at the hometown of London Roar. The English team still managed to secure a spot in the final, despite finishing second. Energy Standard had a lead of 14 points at the end of Day

Spanish judoka Ana Perez Box on Olympic ticket: “Hard work has its rewards”

Ana Perez Box has a ticket for her first Olympic Games taking place in Tokyo in 2020 but is still wary. “I see the date is near, but far away too.” she says. She can’t have a better coach than former professional judoka, Sugoi Uriarte who has gone to the Olympics himself